Having sex when you have a vaginal infection or vaginal inflammation may be uncomfortable and might make your symptoms worse. If the source of your infection is a sexually transmitted infection, you may also spread the infection to your partner. If you have chronic yeast infections candidiasis , confirmed by a doctor, you may have sex without concern for worsening symptoms as long as you're comfortable. Yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis aren't sexually transmitted infections, but having new sexual partners increases the risk of bacterial vaginosis. However, trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV)
Bacterial Vaginosis: What Women Need to Know
Bacterial Vaginosis BV is a common vaginal infection. It affects one of every five women of childbearing age. A normal, healthy vagina has mostly healthy or "good" bacteria and very few unhealthy or "bad" bacteria. BV develops when the pH balance or level of acidity in your vagina is upset. This change allows the "bad" bacteria to increase to 1, times more than normal.
Any woman can get BV, not just women who are sexually active. The normal vagina contains a mixture of bacteria. BV happens when there is an increase in certain types of bacteria, resulting in an overall imbalance. BV is common - any woman can get it, including women in same-sex relationships and women who have never had sex. The cause of BV is not fully understood - it is not caught from a sexual partner but sexual activity may play a part.
The content here can be syndicated added to your web site. Print Version pdf icon. Bacterial vaginosis BV is a condition that happens when there is too much of certain bacteria in the vagina. This changes the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina. Researchers do not know the cause of BV or how some women get it.